OBITUARY

Michael J. Polosky

March 17, 1938April 9, 2018
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In both sadness and celebration, we announce the passing of Michael J. Polosky at age 80 following a long struggle with Parkinson’s Disease.

Mike was born in Wildwood, PA on March 17, 1938 to Margaret and Michael Polosky. He was the middle of five children who had a wonderful sense of humor and zest for life. A love for the culinary arts was his focus during studies at Blackburn University, a passion he shared with others and passed down to his children. He enlisted in the army where he served his country proudly. In 1964 he married and moved to the Midwest where he worked in Ball Bearing Sales for many years. He joyously welcomed children Margaret (Eric), Katherine, and Michael (Lori) and eventually settled in West Des Moines, IA to raise them. It is during this time that he started Power Cleaner Corporation on South East 14 th where he sold and serviced industrial pressure washers. In 1992 Mike married the love of his life, Dee Malena and they enjoyed 26 years of a truly wonderful marriage; a shining example to their children and friends. The family expanded as he welcomed step-daughters Jill (John), Julie (Bryan) and Jenelle (Ted). As an avid outdoorsman Mike shared his passion for nature with his wife, children, and grandchildren. Additionally he loved engaging family and friends over a fun game of cards while preparing his secret sauced homemade pizza. An impassioned supporter in the development of children, Mike founded YABE, Young Adult Beginning Experience, where he and Dee assisted kids through the loss of a parent through death or divorce. As a member of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church he was a devout Catholic and lover of Christ his entire life. He is survived by younger sister Cindy (Henry) and of course his wife and children. Additionally Mike is survived by beautiful grandchildren Cody (Alaina), Courtney, Abbie (Curt), Nick (Carrie), Zach, Jake, Hannah, Amelia, Keeley, Caroline, Meara and Claire, as well as great grandchildren Rowan, Evelyn, Edwin, Max, Sam, Alex and Will. Nieces include Angela (Jon), Francine (Andrew) and Nephew Henry (Lisa) and their kids Cameron, Evelyn, Hadley and Kendal. Mike is preceded in death by parents Margaret and Mike, older sister Patricia, older brother Quentin (Cathy) and younger brother Stephen (Gail). Remembrances can be made to St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church or the National Parkinson’s Foundation.

  • FAMILY

  • He is survived by younger sister Cindy (Henry) and of course his wife and children. Additionally Mike is survived by beautiful grandchildren Cody (Alaina), Courtney, Abbie (Curt), Nick (Carrie), Zach, Jake, Hannah, Amelia, Keeley, Caroline, Meara and Claire, as well as great grandchildren Rowan, Evelyn, Edwin, Max, Sam, Alex and Will. Nieces include Angela (Jon), Francine (Andrew) and Nephew Henry (Lisa) and their kids Cameron, Evelyn, Hadley and Kendal. Mike is preceded in death by parents Margaret and Mike, older sister Patricia, older brother Quentin (Cathy) and younger brother Stephen (Gail).
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Tom Murphy
  • Tom McGuire
  • Bryan Borchert
  • Ted Eickelburg
  • Eric Drucker
  • John Kloos
  • Doran Hill
  • Robert Bayse

Services

  • Visitation Friday, April 13, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, April 14, 2018
REMEMBERING

Michael J. Polosky

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Jenelle Eickelberg

June 14, 2018

When I was in high school my mom told me that one of her friends needed me to do a portrait shoot for him. When the appointment came, Mike enthusiastically explained to me that he had the perfect location chosen as a wooded backdrop, so we drove to a park about 30 or 45 minutes away and not only did we successfully get some great shots of Mike but he was a top notch nature guide. I remember Mike giving me a detailed description, of the leaves, birds, and potential wildlife living in the forest that we were enjoying. We laughed and hiked and spent the afternoon appreciating God's amazing creation. I had no idea that day that this wonderful man would end up marrying my mom years later. Grandpa Mike was an extremely compassionate , silly, loving man. I believe Mike is now even more alive in heaven than he ever was here on earth.

Jill Kloos

April 30, 2018


Mike came into our family 26 years ago when he married our Mom! He and Mom were ment to be and became inseparable.
He was a fun- loving Grandpa to my kids Cody and Courtney! He always treated them as his own (that did my mama heart well as a single mom)
When I was going though a really rough spot in my life, mike said “let’s go fo a long walk together. As we walked together, he really spoke to me with the heart of a father.
He encouraged me and helped me to cover my options, always keeping my kids at the fore front which was my heart!
In the later years he and Mom would come to see us in California- always big adventures with Grandma Dee and Grandpa Mike! Always fun!
You were a well loved Man and will be tremendously missed.
Thouse of us that knew you are far richer for having known you and are a part of our hearts!

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Carrie Borchert

April 30, 2018

I joined this family unofficially in 2003. From the very beginning I was treated by Grandma and Grandpa as one of their own. I have always been grateful for time Nick and I were able to spend with Mike, because he was a total character! I will forever guard my dessert in his memory. If he was around.... he never hesitated to swipe his finger through! He just had that look, like what is he up to next? He was always planning something to keep all of us on our toes!

Nick Borchert

April 30, 2018

If you were at my wedding in 2009, and you looked over at the dance floor at almost any point during the reception, you would have seen about two dozen twenty-somethings and one Grandpa Mike. He was indisputably the life of that party. Never mind that his Parkinson’s had recently gotten worse, and he now got around using a walker--I saw that walker lying, unused, in the corner of the reception hall, while Grandpa took yet another turn in the center of the dance circle. At one point he snuck away for one of his trademark naps (I saw him sleeping on the floor in a hallway). But twenty minutes later, there he was again, leading a jig on the dance floor as the young folk clapped along with delight.

After the wedding, several of our friends asked us for Grandpa’s phone number or address. They had never met him before that night, but they wanted to stay in touch with this man who brought such energy and joy to the party. Mike had that sort of impact on people. Whether he had just met you or he had known you for years, he wanted to make you smile and laugh, he wanted to make you feel good about life, and he wanted to make a lasting connection with you. I am so grateful to be one of the many, many people who will always remember Mike Polosky.

Alaina Hess

April 24, 2018

Grandpa Mike and Grandma Dee dancing at Cody and Alaina’s wedding, in May 2009.

Alaina Hess

April 24, 2018

Rowan feeding Grandpa Mike a chip. (She really wanted to share it with him and he was so sweet to let her feed him.)

Alaina Hess

April 24, 2018

Grandpa Mike was a wonderful man and will be missed. He immediately made me feel like I was part of the family when I met him, which included joking around and teasing me.
* My favorite memory of Grandpa Mike is from our wedding, in 2009. He danced he night away with Grandma Dee. And, he was such a jokester! I thought the lights above the dance floor has burnt out somehow, and then I realized he kept unscrewing them.
* I also really enjoyed playing board games with him and getting birthday calls from Grandpa Mike and Grandma Dee every year.
* I am so happy that our daughter, Rowan, got to meet him this last fall. He was so sweet with her and even let her feed him chips! She is one year old and thought his wheel chair was very cool.
Grandpa Mike and Grandma Dee had a very special relationship that I always admired. They loved each other so much and were such great companions. Grandpa Mike is leaving a beautiful legacy behind and I look forward to Cody telling Rowan stories about what he was like when Cody was growing up.

Jenelle Eickelberg

April 21, 2018

Jenelle Eickelberg

April 21, 2018

Jake Borchert

April 21, 2018

Our grandpa was one of a kind. Grandpa taught me to never take life too seriously, while always cherishing time spent with family and loved ones. He had a huge heart and a great laugh. I was fortunate enough to grow up in the same town as my grandparents, and thus have endless treasured memories of Grandpa Mike from my childhood. Some of my favorites:

**Time spent outdoors. Especially at Saylorville hiking the trails, catching leaves, and jumping in leaf piles in the fall. I think he enjoyed playing in the leaves as much as us kids.
**The state fair. Every year each of us grandkids would have our own day to go to the fair with Grandpa & Grandma. He always had a lineup prepared based on what he thought I would enjoy, and of course had plenty of great recommendations for the food. He also had one of the most popular stands at the fair, with the misting fan on hot summer days. He would always be up entertaining fair goers -- whether they were were actually interested in buying his products was irrelevant!
**Playing countless card and board games. He always had something up his sleeve during the games and trying to catch him in the act was half the fun.
**Basketball. I could always count on Grandpa to be at my games, proudly cheering me on from the stands as my #1 fan. I think anyone who had the pleasure of sitting next to him in the stands over the years could attest to this :) he was not shy in voicing his opinions up there! When I was lacking confidence in myself, he was always there to pick me up.

Grandpa's love for family and friends never faded despite his increased struggles with Parkinson's over the years. Just at Easter this year, he was being his normal self acting silly in an attempt to get the little ones to laugh. We will miss our fun-loving Grandpa, but I am forever grateful to have countless memories and life lessons from him that I will be able to share with loved ones for a lifetime to come.

Biography

Mike was born in Wildwood, PA on March 17, 1938 to Margaret and Michael Polosky. He was the middle of five children who had a wonderful sense of humor and zest for life. A love for the culinary arts was his focus during studies at Blackburn University, a passion he shared with others and passed down to his children. He enlisted in the army where he served his country proudly. In 1964 he married and moved to the Midwest where he worked in Ball Bearing Sales for many years. He joyously welcomed children Margaret (Eric), Katherine, and Michael (Lori) and eventually settled in West Des Moines, IA to raise them. It is during this time that he started Power Cleaner Corporation on South East 14 th where he sold and serviced industrial pressure washers. In 1992 Mike married the love of his life, Dee Malena and they enjoyed 26 years of a truly wonderful marriage; a shining example to their children and friends. The family expanded as he welcomed step-daughters Jill (John), Julie (Bryan) and Jenelle (Ted). As an avid outdoorsman Mike shared his passion for nature with his wife, children, and grandchildren. Additionally he loved engaging family and friends over a fun game of cards while preparing his secret sauced homemade pizza. An impassioned supporter in the development of children, Mike founded YABE, Young Adult Beginning Experience, where he and Dee assisted kids through the loss of a parent through death or divorce. As a member of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church he was a devout Catholic and lover of Christ his entire life.